Energy jamboree a huge success!

Wow! Thank-you to everyone who came along to our Taking the Power Back energy jamboree.

It was a fantastic day and a huge success – nearly 100 people joined us at the beautiful Devonport Guildhall for an inspirational afternoon/evening and delicious food from Column Bakehouse – the atmosphere was buzzing…

We heard about innovative ways to overcome energy distribution challenges from Western Power Distribution such as OpenLV, how Regen Communities are helping community energy groups and how they think energy storage (and octopuses!) can play a part in the future. Chase Community Solar talked saving lives with solar. PEC’s own Paul, Alistair & Clare shared stories about the impact that PEC is having on the ground. Luke Pollard MP shared his passion for PEC and how he is hoping to make sure that the voice of community energy is heard at Westminster.

Breath-taking images from contemporary photographer Gideon Mendel showed the true impacts of climate change in a tangible way and Fotonow’s haunting images highlighted the stark reality of fuel poverty in Plymouth. Gideon and Matt from Fotonow guided us through the powerful impact that documentary photography can have.

We topped the evening off with an amazing talk from Howard Johns, author of Energy Revolution, skilfully linking climate change, with a transition to a cleaner future and the role community energy will play. His decades of experience in activism, renewables and community energy, coupled with his charismatic enthusiasm, made it a truly awe-inspiring 45 minutes.

People left on a high…fuelled with ideas and actions to make a real change to our energy future.


If you missed the event, you can view all of the presentations by clicking on the links below:


Smart and flexible energy network innovation for communities
Steven Gough, Western Power Distribution

Local supply and storage
Tamar Bourne, Regen
Tim Crook, Regen

Community energy innovation (stories from the front line)
Healthy Homes – Paul Elliott, Plymouth Energy Community
Anthony Walters, Chase Community Solar and South Staffs Community Energy

‘Cold Realities’ photo exhibition by Fotonow

Howard Johns, energy engineer, entrepreneur, business leader, activist and author of ‘Energy Revolution’
Gideon Mendel, leading contemporary photographer
Luke Pollard, Labour and Co-operative MP for Devonport and Sutton
Alistair Macpherson, CEO, Plymouth Energy Community & PEC Renewables


PEC & PEC Renewables AGM


The PEC and PEC Renewables Annual General Meetings were held alongside the event, the minutes can be found by clicking on here (PEC) and here (PEC Renewables).


You can find out more about Fotonow CIC, the Plymouth-based creative social enterprise commissioned by PEC to produce ‘Cold Realities’ here. You can see more Fotonow pictures from the day on our gallery.

This event was held as part of Plymouth Social Enterprise Festival, find out more about the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network here.


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